The Spanish Rafael Nadal beat the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas today by 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2 and qualified for the semifinals of the Masters, in the second match of the day in the English capital for the London 2020 area of the tournament in the one in which the eight best tennis players of the year participate and in which the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, already eliminated, will say goodbye tomorrow.
“Rafa” Nadal, world number 2, who is looking for his first “Masters” title, the only one missing in his long and successful career, beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (6), current champion of the World Cup, in an exciting and vibrant encounter. Masters and who was eliminated today, after 2 hours and 6 minutes of confrontation.
The Mallorcan finished second in the group, behind Austrian Dominic Thiem, and on Saturday he will face Russian Daniil Medvedev, winner from the other zone, in the semifinals.
In the first match in the group, the leader and already qualified for the semifinals, the Austrian Dominic Thiem, fell to the Russian Andrey Rublev, already eliminated, after the two initial victories that Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal had achieved.
Thiem (3), current US Open champion, lost against Andrey Rublev (8), eliminated, 6-2 and 7-5 in 1 hour and 15 minutes, in a match in which the Austrian did not demand too much and reserved energy to face the semifinal next Saturday, in which he will face the one who finishes in second place in the other zone.
For his part, “Peque” Schwartzman, ninth in the ATP world rankings, will face Medvedev and will say goodbye tomorrow from 17 (Argentina time) at the closed and hard surface O2 Arena, London, for the group called Tokyo 1970.
Tomorrow’s singles day will begin at 11 o’clock with the cross between Djokovic (1) and Zverev (7), who will define a semifinalist, since the Russian Medvedev (4) has already agreed to that instance, after having beaten both and Regardless of what happens in his match against the Argentine, he has already advanced to the next phase of the masters tournament.
Meanwhile in the doubles tournament, tomorrow from 3 o’clock the Argentine Horacio Zeballos and the Catalan Marcel Granollers will seek a pass to the semifinals in the match that they will cheer on against the duo composed of the Austrian Jurgen Melzer and the French Edouard Roger Vasselin, in a match by the Bob Bryan group.
Zeballos and Granollers, champions this year at the Argentina Open, in Rio de Janeiro and at the Masters 1000 in Rome, beat Australian John Peers and New Zealander Michael Venus 7-6 (7-2) and 7- in their previous matches. 5, and then Croatian Mate Pavic and Brazilian Bruno Soares by 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7) and 10-8.
The other match of the third date will be starred tomorrow by the pair made up of the Australian John Peers and the New Zealander Michael Venus against the duo made up of the Croatian Mate Pavic and the Brazilian Bruno Soares.
Today, the other two doubles that went to the semifinals were finalized, in the first game of the day by the group Mike Bryan, the pair made up of the Polish Lukasz Kubot and the Brazilian Marcelo Melo, despite being already eliminated, beat the binomial made up of the Dutch Wesley Koolhof and the Croatian Nikola Mektic, already classified, 6-4, 6-7 (2.-7) and 10-8, after 1 hour and 46 minutes.
In the second shift of the London day, the duo formed by the American Rajeev Ram and the British Joe Salisbury advanced to the semifinals of the Masters by defeating the team composed of the Germans Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 7-6 (7-5) , 6-7 (4-7) and 10-4, in 2 hours and 9 minutes of confrontation.